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Sep 12, 2011

Friends of Belize say take 9th Amendment to referendum

In the heated and drawn-out debate over the proposed ninth amendment to the constitution, several independent thinkers have suggested that the controversial bill should be taken to a referendum. That view has been picking up steam since the debate on the ninth has been totally politicized. Well, today the NGO, Friends of Belize (FOB), launched a petition, collecting signatures to prompt a referendum on the proposed ninth amendment. According to the organization’s Executive Director, Tanya Usher, the ninth amendment is counterproductive and is a fundamental constitutional change that should be decided upon by the people.

Tanya Usher, Executive Director, Friends of Belize

Tanya Usher

“Our fear is that this ninth amendment is not only negatively affecting Belize’s reputation as a stable democratic country where the rule of law is respected; but will also negatively impact our ability to promote investment, to promote growth and to promote development  for the long term.  We have launched a petition to trigger a referendum on the ninth amendment bill. our goal is to collect ten percent of the signatures of the registered voters; that’s what’s needed to have the bill taken to a referendum. So we’re having our volunteers working all the districts to get the signatures—they must be registered voters—for those who would like the ninth amendment bill to be taken to a referendum.”

Delahnie Bain

“How will you go about collecting these signatures?”

Tanya Usher

“House to house, door to door. We have volunteers, like I said, in all the districts; we have the lists of the people who are registered to vote and we’re going to their houses, explaining to them what we’re doing and what the petition is all about, asking them for their support.”

Delahnie Bain

“And what about if people want to be proactive and come find you to sign the petition, how can they get in touch with you?”

Tanya Usher

“Thank you, yes. They can also come to our office at #6 Eyre Street in Belize City, the can call me directly at 627-5235. We have petition forms available. We have volunteers who will be coming to their homes but as you mentioned we are happy to take signatures at our office here in Belize City.  I think more than anything else, we see this ninth amendment bill as a bill, an amendment that is fundamentally changing our constitution. We’ve seen how divisive it has become; there are those who support and there are many who are against. And we ultimately feel that when something is doing what this bill is doing, which is as I said, fundamentally changing our constitution, it should be decided by the people and the best way to know what the decision of the people is, is to have it taken to a vote and have it taken to a referendum.”

According to Usher, they hope to collect all signatures by October twenty-second, which marks exactly ninety days since the ninth amendment bill was first introduced and before the government can take it back to the House of Representatives.

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5 Responses for “Friends of Belize say take 9th Amendment to referendum”

  1. rasman says:

    Great move; Great move; Now thats what I like.

  2. BT says:

    Referendums sound like a great idea, but unfortunately politics in Belize is still too immature to allow a meaningful referendum to take place. Whether it is a referendum or a village council election it will always come down to Red vs. Blue and let the issues be damned. Look at the ads both sides are running about the 9th, neither side is even trying to explain why they support or oppose the amendment. Instead they just run a string of excited party supporters in color coded wardrobe shouting “yes” or “no”. All the way, indeed! But all the way where, and why?

  3. Ian says:

    Basically that sounds better!! FORGIVE ME FOR THIS PLEASE!! SINCE THE ENTANCE OF MR. BARROW! DAMNED THINGS HAVE BEEN HAPPENING!! NOW MR. PM WANTS TO MAKE THE 9TH AMENDMENT TO FALL UNDER THE CONSTITUTION!! FOR WHAT SAKE?? THIS MR IS LEAVING BEALIZE UNDER A GREAT BANKRUPCY!! HE WANTS THE 9TH FOR HIM!! NO ONE WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS! GUYS WHO GO STAND IN THE PODDEUM SAYING MY NAME IS ??? AND I SUPPORT THE 9TH. YOU ARE TOTALLY BLIND!!!!!!!!! YOUR MENTALITY IS DOWN!!! IT IS A SHAME FOR YOU THAT YOU LET THEM FOOL YOU IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY!!! I AM SORRY TO SAY IT BUT ITS THE REAL TRUTH!! YOUR IGNORANCE HAS GONE HIGHER THAN YOUR SMARTNESS!!! I TALK LIKE THAT BECAUSE SEEING AND GOING TO ALL DEBATES COUNTRY WIDE HAD GOTTEN ME MAD!!! TO BE REALISTIC, INVESTMENTS, TOTAL FUNDS, SHAREHOLDERS, BUSINESS, ETC

  4. CEO says:

    too bad I do not live in the country I would find you to sign the petition. This bill should have never been drafted and it scares me to think that learned people can promote such nonsense! Even in the face of protest they are forging along with a revised version which is none the less bad! Our PM (as our laws are written) is entrusted too much power over other elected officials and the public at large. The laws need to be restructured to introduced some checks that no PM with crazy ideas like these cannot make them with out much debate and consultation.

    With out good leadership the people will suffer. Let us make changes that will be better for Belize not better for politicians.

  5. Earl Grey says:

    THIS IS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE DONE…. GOVERNMENT ………by the people – FOR THE PEOPLE!!!

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